You may be wondering about replacing your old carpets with seagrass carpeting as a floor covering for your home. But what are the pros and cons of seagrass? Read on for a helpful overview.
What's good about seagrass carpeting?
If you want to go green, then seagrass could be the floor covering option you're looking for. It's derived from grass and reeds that are sun-dried, and then transformed into yarn and woven into mats and carpets. The whole process leaves a very small carbon footprint in comparison to the manufacture of synthetic carpets. Unlike nylon and other synthetics, seagrass is totally biodegradable and can be recycled when it reaches the end of its useful life.
Seagrass is flat and smooth underfoot, making it cool and comfortable to walk on. It's also very hardwearing, so it's perfect for busy households with a lot of foot traffic.
Seagrass doesn't have deep pile like carpet, so it can be easier to keep clean, especially if you have pets; all you need to do is to vacuum it and wipe it over with a damp cloth from time to time. If you have family members with allergies, seagrass can be a better choice than carpet because it doesn't harbour dust and pet dander as readily. Seagrass is also non-porous, so spills can simply be blotted-up, rather than soaking into the floor covering and staining it.
Seagrass comes in totally natural shades from pale khaki through to pale green. This makes it ideal if you have a neutral colour scheme, although it will also complement brighter décor too.
What's not so good about seagrass carpeting?
Although seagrass is very durable and hardwearing, it's not suitable for outdoor use. It can also be prone to mould and mildew, so can't be used in humid rooms such as bathrooms.
If you prefer your floor coverings patterned or brightly coloured, you may find seagrass too understated. However, you could still enjoy all the benefits of seagrass by placing coloured rugs on top of your carpeting to make your room more vibrant.
Although the cool feel of seagrass underfoot is perfect if you live in a very warm climate, you may find it rather cold during the winter months, unless you enjoy underfloor heating in your home. Seagrass might not be a good idea for a house with a lot of stairs, as it can be very slippery when it becomes worn; although, you could overcome this by fitting a non-slip stair runner over the top of the carpet.
Seagrass carpeting presents plenty of benefits and very few drawbacks. Why not have a chat with your local supplier to find out more about how seagrass carpeting could work in your home?